Rising Moon and the Void

October 12th, 2019, 6:36 p.m. local time

This picture was taken before my prior post, but I forgot to upload it earlier.  It was a quick snapshot with NightCap as the Moon started to rise on Friday.

As you may get the hint, this venue was flooded with article light, making the entirety of the sky a blank void.  Rather depressing, but at least there was the Moon, still able to shine through, for now.

Full Moon, October 2019 (composite)

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October 13th, 2019, 11:12 p.m. local time

With pending cloud cover but still otherwise clear, I decided to take a wider picture of last night’s Full Moon.  Today’s image is actually a composite of two images, in order to get in at least some detail of the Moon, and present a closer approximation to how it looked for real with the surrounding clouds reflecting moonlight.

Taken with my DSLR camera on tripod, the image settings for the foreground were:

  • f/2.8
  • 1/8 sec exposure
  • ISO 400

And for the Moon itself:

  • f/5.6
  • 1/250 sec exposure
  • ISO 100

I like this look, though I wish I had done a better job with the foreground, to accentuate the nearer images while de-emphasizing the Moon.  This was practice for next time.

Chicago Panoramic

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October 9th, 2019, 04:20 p.m. local time

I took this picture before leaving work today.  It’s a partial “pano” of Chicago, from the heart of the city, looking South.

How many buildings or landmark-type areas can you identify?  One hint: two stadiums of Chicago’s professional sports teams are shown here.

Waxing Gibbous Moon, October 2019 via iPhone

Taken with NightCap on iPhone. f/1.8, 1/3000s exp, ISO 24, via 254mm Dobsonian, Q70 32mm eyepiece.

October 7th, 2019, 09:15 p.m. local time

I didn’t realize until tonight that I had yet to try afocal astrophotography with my iPhone, which I got late last year.  This was a clear, cool-bordering-on-cold night, with the Waning Moon at a good evening location, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out.

My prior afocal attempts were with my previous Android Samsung phones.  Those were a little easier to place in the telescope smartphone mount because their cameras were centered on the phone, whereas the iPhone’s camera are off to the side.

I used my homemade Dobsonian with a 2″ eyepiece, my best one.  Once I focused the telescope and aligned the smartphone mount properly on all fronts, it was very easy to attach the mount onto the eyepiece.  I noticed immediately that there was no vignetting, which seemed, if my memory recalls, to have been much more of a nuisance with 1.25″ eyepieces.

I made a few minor touchups in PaintShop Pro and AfterShot Pro.

Solar Reflections

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October 1st, 2019, 06:55 a.m. local time

Welcome to October.  This morning showcased interesting cloud formations highlighted by reflections from the rising Sun.  Taken with NightCap on my iPhone, post-processed in PaintShop Pro.